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Harry PartchHarry Partch: Twelve Intrusions (May 1, 1956)

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Harry Partch discusses receiving notariety using a scale of 43 separate tones and original instruments with references to his "Genesis of a Music." There is a brief introduction to "Twelve Intrusions," this recording which is played by five musicians under Partch's direction. The pieces are: Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale, Study in the Ancient Greek Enharmonic Scale, The Rose, The Crane, The Wind, The Waterfall, The Letter, The Street, Vanity, Lover, Soldiers/War/Another War, and Chamber Music. Plectra & Percussion Dances is the final piece and includes three sections: Castor and Pollux, Ring Around the Moon, and Even Wild Horses.

Performed by Gate Five Ensemble and conducted by Horace Schwartz. 1956 first broadcast over KPFA.

This audio is part of the collection: Other Minds Audio Archive
It also belongs to collections: Music, Arts & Culture; stream_only

Artist/Composer: Harry Partch
Date: 1956-05-01
Source: Other Minds
Keywords: Interview and Music; Microtonal music; ; Unconventional Instruments; Harry Partch

Creative Commons license: Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial


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